The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has adjusted its rainmaking operation to combat drought, and hotspots as well as approaching summer storms that may bring hail to the northern region.
Deputy Agriculture Minister Thamanat Prompow chaired a video conference with all royal rain making units across the country, to follow up on its operation.
According to the meteorological department, the northern region may soon experience summer storms and strong winds, with potential hail, therefore the authorities in regions likely to be affected are requesting rainmaking operations take place to disseminate storm-clouds which will lessen the severity of the downpour, and lessen the likelihood of hail, while any precipitation will help put out fires as well as increase water levels in dams.
Meanwhile, if the weather conditions in any region become suitable for rainmaking, responsible units are to promptly undertake their operation to quickly fill dams and prevent hotspots.
Thamanat noted however, that in the event of a sudden fire, the department is to fully utilize its helicopters to scoop up water in storage to put out the fire.
Meanwhile, the Royal Rainmaking Department director-general, Surasri Kittimonton, said that the department has resolved to temporarily relocate some royal rain making units to different provinces for ease of operation, and will monitor the situation and water levels daily. The department is now receiving support from the Royal Thai Airforce and Royal Thai Army in fulfilling its operations.